What are the Risk Factors for Concussion?

Concussions may be caused by any direct blow to the head, face, or neck, such as secondary to a fall or to a traffic accident.  Yet they are most commonly associated with contact sports, with approximately 300,000 sports-related concussions occurring each year in the United States.


Student athletes and others who participate in contact sports are at increased risk for concussion due to collisions, falls, tackles, and other forms of contact, particularly  football, hockey, and boxing, as well as soccer, basketball, wrestling, rugby, and lacrosse.

Other sports and physical activities may also be associated with risk of concussion, including skating, sledding, snowboarding, skiing, roller-blading, biking, horseback-riding, and gymnastics.